Construction on Three Oaks Road is continuing this summer, with the village starting to replace old pavement beginning this week.
Erik Morimoto, director of public works for the village of Cary, said road construction started in June and will go until Aug. 16, so they can finish before area schools start.
“We don’t want a lot of major paving operations disrupting traffic to the elementary and high school,” Morimoto said.
This summer, along with getting new pavement, the village will build a new bike path extension, filling in some gaps between Silver Lake Road and First Street.
Next spring, the traffic signal modernization phase of the construction will start, with a new pedestrian warning beacon being installed at Three Oaks and Crest, and parkway trees being planted.
The road work itself will be finished in the fall, but the entire project should be finished by Spring 2020, Morimoto said.
The removal of old pavement, on Silver Lake road to South Rawson Bridge Road, replacing it with new asphalt and striping, is set to begin Monday, depending on the weather.
The road will remain open, but there will be some partial daytime lane closures, with flaggers present.
Village officials are asking drivers to use caution when driving on the road and watch out for workers.
The village received $1.59 million in grants for the construction. This money includes $90,000 from the Illinois Department of Transportation’s highway safety improvement program and $1.5 million in federal Surface Transportation grant money.
Cary will cover the rest of the money needed for the construction, Morimoto said.
“We’re happy we can get a lot of work done without burdening our taxpayers,” Morimoto said. “It’s been a big project. It’s gone well; it’s obviously a much needed improvement.”
He said that the bike path will give people a safe way to travel.
“It should be very well-utilized,” Morimoto said.
Morimoto said several public meetings on the construction have brought a lot of positive feedback from residents.
The project has been in the design phase “for quite some time,” and the village is getting to the conclusion of a long project, he said.